Early modern philosophy refers to the period of Western philosophy that emerged in the 17th and 18th centuries, following the Renaissance and spanning the Age of Enlightenment. 

This era witnessed a shift in philosophical focus from the predominantly theological and metaphysical concerns of medieval philosophy to a greater emphasis on reason, science, and the human experience. Key themes during this period include epistemology, metaphysics, political philosophy, and the nature of human knowledge.

Early modern history of philosophy faculty

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David Cunning

Professor and Collegiate Fellow
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Ali Hasan

Associate Professor
Department Chair